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Promoting Ethics in Medicine

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Letter from the Editor, Ann F. Corson MD

As the world continues to struggle with far-reaching negative effects of the pandemic, people around the world are waking up to the true nature of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).  Over 600 legislators in over 30 countries have condemned China’s human rights violations and especially its forced live organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience to fuel a profitable transplant industry.

The United States in particular is stepping up its efforts to mitigate the CCP’s infiltration into nearly all aspects of American society and to prevent further damage. The U.S. Commerce Department added more Chinese companies to its economic blacklist and will hold legally liable any U.S. company who continues to do business with those blacklisted.

Over the past few months, experts have continued to speak out about China’s transplant abuses and DAFOH has raised awareness by holding video conferences about organ harvesting in four languages.

A new report by DAFOH titled Forced Organ Harvesting in China and its Global Implications - The Deception Protocoldetails how the Chinese regime used the persecuted Falun Gong group as a living organ donor pool to ignite a transplant medicine boom never before witnessed in history. The CCP then disseminated its propaganda and influence around the world to coverup its genocidal crimes.

If there is any silver lining to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, it is that the world’s people, governments, and businesses are starting to see the necessity of placing ethics before profits and realign humanity’s moral compass.



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Legislators Around the World Urge Governments to Take Unprecedented Action to Stop Forced Organ Harvesting in China

The last several months have witnessed an unusually large number of lawmakers taking bold and decisive action against China’s human rights violations, particularly its crime of forced organ harvesting. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, widely recognized as being a direct result of China’s failure to act as a responsible nation, legislators from numerous countries have not only identified the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as an illegitimate government, but have also sought to distance themselves from any actions that serve to embolden this murderous regime.

The U.S. State Department, the Virginia State legislature, the Austrian and Belgian Parliaments, Canadian parliamentarians, and the newly created Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) have all called for an end to China’s persecution and forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. The official statements, resolutions, letters and proclamations coincided with the July 20th commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) unprecedented persecution and eradication campaign against the Falun Gong spiritual movement.

On June 5th, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio announced the formation of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), a coalition designed to coordinate governmental policies related to China’s adherence to international rules, human rights and national integrity. The group is comprised of senior politicians from around the globe, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the European Parliament.

In July, IPAC released a statement, signed by 643 current and former ministers, senators, members of parliament, members of congress, and state-level legislators from 32 countries in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America, expressing grave concerns over the CCP’s decades-long violent suppression of Falun Gong adherents’ constitutional right to peacefully practice their beliefs. The statement calls the persecution of Falun Gong “one of the harshest campaigns against a faith group in modern times” with “millions” of Falun Gong practitioners “arbitrarily arrested and jailed without due process and many [having] been tortured and even killed.”

IPAC’s statement highlights the Chinese regime’s egregious human rights violations against all spiritual groups, notingthat the coalition is specifically concerned by reports of forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners, the primary victim group of China’s transplantation crimes over the last two decades. “Evidence of forced organ harvesting in China emerged 15 years ago and an independent and rigorous legal project—the China Tribunal—last year found beyond reasonable doubt that this practice had been perpetrated on a widespread, state-sponsored, and systematic level.” The statement adds, “Today we highlight the plight of the Falun Gong together with all religious minorities who have suffered from repression under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party. We remind the world of the depravities they continue to suffer, and urge the world to stand up and speak out for an end to such repression, an end to impunity, and for justice, accountability, human rights, and human dignity for all the peoples of China.”

Many signatories to the inter-parliamentary statement added their own declarations. Austrian MP Petra Wimmer said, “My thoughts are with the relatives of Falun Dafa practitioners who have died as a result of torture, prison camps, or the illegal trade in organs. International attention can raise awareness of these problems and thus increase the pressure on the Chinese government to stop these practices.”

Swedish MP Ann-Sofie Alm said, “There have been reports of torture and even forced organ harvesting. That is why this joint statement was initiated. In fact, the persecution of minorities in China is among the worst crime against human rights the world has ever seen. It has been described as a genocide.”

Indonesian House of Representative Drs. H. Guspardi Gaus, M.Si was decisive in his comments, “These are humans who are being slaughtered, something inhumane, something very barbaric. In my opinion therefore, a legal process must be undertaken to end it.”

Senator Marco Rubio, IPAC’s Co-Chair, said, “China, under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party, represents a global challenge” that the coalition is prepared to address.

In IPAC’s introductory video Elisabet Lann, one of the group’s members and the deputy mayor for the Christian democrats in Gothenburg, Sweden, said, “We thought China would open up over time. This hasn’t happened.”

Among the signatories to the inter-parliamentary letter were 63 current and former Canadian parliamentarians who also expressed their support of Falun Gong practitioners on the 21st anniversary of persecution with a written statement and at an online event. “Falun Gong is a peaceful spiritual movement that promotes values that are widely shared, and yet they have faced unbelievable brutal persecution,” said MP Garnett Genuis, the Conservative Shadow Minister for Canada-China Relations. He exclaimed Canada should pass “new legislation addressing the issue of organ harvesting.”

Bill S-204: An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs) is presently being considered by the Canadian Senate. Introduced by Senator Salma Ataullahjan, the bill makes it an offense to engage in organ harvesting anywhere in the world, and renders foreign nationals and permanent residents who’ve engaged in the practice inadmissible to Canada.

Conservative MP Michael Cooper, a member of the Canada-China Legislative Association, said July 20th marks a “dark day in human history. Twenty-one years later that campaign of terror continues. The crimes of the Chinese communist regime against peaceful Falun Dafa practitioners are well documented, and they should shock the conscience of the world.”

Rabbi Reuben Bulka, a former co-president of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said the CCP is murdering its own people with the persecution of Falun Gong, and the world needs to stand up to stop it. “These people [Falun Gong] are being murdered day in and day out for their organs, and we can’t just be simply sitting by and doing nothing.”

David Matas, an international human rights lawyer from Canada, who, with former Canadian MP David Kilgour, released the first investigative report on forced organ harvesting in 2006, said at the online event that in addition to the bill proposed by Genuis, the Canadian government should join the Council of Europe convention against trafficking in human organs, call on the UN Human Rights Council to act, and ensure that Canadian heath centers and doctors have the necessary ethical standards in place to address transplant tourism.

Matas made another recommendation, echoed by former Canadian justice minister Irwin Colter, to use the Magnitsky Act to sanction individual perpetrators of forced organ harvesting. Coulter, now one of the Canadian co-chairs of IPAC, defined the campaign to eradicate Falun Gong and forced organ harvesting as 21 years of crimes against humanity and repeated comments made by Sir Geoffrey Nice, lead panelist of the China Tribunal, who stated that China’s transplantation crimes and the executions involved could itself constitute acts of genocide.

Levi Browde, Executive Director of the Falun Dafa Information Center, said that Beijing’s drawn-out persecution campaign of Falun Gong has allowed the regime to develop a systematic mechanism to suppress other religious groups and dissidents, such as Uyghurs, house Christians, and Hongkongers, “not just to break a person, but to force that person to profess their allegiance to the Communist Party….They really honed that process on Falun Gong.”

On July 22, U.S. Department of State Secretary Mike Pompeo, issued a statement calling on the Chinese Communist Party to “immediately end its depraved abuse and mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners,” including releasing detained adherents and addressing the whereabouts of those who have disappeared, such as Ma Zhenyu, the husband of Zhang Yuhua, a Falun Gong practitioner who met with President Donald Trump last year. Pompeodeclared, “Twenty-one years of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners is far too long, and it must end.”

Forty-eight members of the Virginia General Assembly sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo urging the State Department to take action to stop forced organ harvesting in China stating, “Organ transplants should never be conducted under force or duress. We are concerned that patients from the United States who go to China for organ transplants do not know that the organs they receive are from political prisoners.”

Another event that coincided with the anniversary of the Falun Gong persecution took place on July 20, when five Falun Gong practitioners were invited to meet virtually with U.S. State Department officials. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Destro and Sam Brownback, U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom both expressed concerns over the ongoing practice of forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners.

Both the Austria and Belgium parliaments recently passed resolutions calling for investigation into China’s transplant industry and forced organ harvesting.

On June 23, Austria’s human rights committee unanimously passed a resolution to combat human and organ trafficking. “We are deeply concerned about this. It is simply unbearable,” said Austrian MP Gudrun Kugler after the human rights committee unanimously passed her resolution. “Time and again reports of illegal trafficking of human organs have surfaced in the People’s Republic of China that contradict all human rights and ethical standards.” The resolution asks that the Austrian government protect organ trafficking victims by working with and supporting international bodies, such as the World Health Assembly, the Vienna-based U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Council of Europe. It was drafted after the Parliament received a petition signed by constituents last October. The statement reads, “We Austrians do not want organs from China for which innocent people have been killed.”

On June 12, Belgium’s Senate adopted a resolution, after already passing legislation banning international travel for organ transplants, calling for an end to forced organ harvesting in China. Several senators spoke on behalf of their respective political parties and condemned the CCP’s transplantation crimes. “I often see Falun Gong practitioners holding activities on Luxembourg Square [in front of the European Parliament],” Senator Mark Demesmaeker said. “They specifically call for an end to the terrifying and appalling criminal acts of organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners.” Demesmaeker also said forced organ harvesting is a crime that must be punished by the criminal law passed on May 22, 2019, which officially bans the citizens of Belgium from traveling abroad for organ transplants. Violators under this act could face up to 20 years in prison and a 1.2 million euro ($1.35 million) fine.

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United States Combats CCP Infiltration of American Society and Institutions

Concerns over the extent to which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has influenced the decisions of governments and international organizations have been amplified by the global outcry over China’s cover-up and propaganda surrounding the novel Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

In his book, Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept, retired Brigadier General Robert S. Spalding of the United States Air Force explains the unconventional war China has waged for the past three decades on the U.S. and other Western nations. In an interview on American Thought Leaders, General Spalding expressed concerns that the U.S., a global power accustomed to the use of military might, may not have recognized the alternative nature of this stealth war. He said China’s manipulation of economic and trade agreements has been used as a means of obtaining control over other nations, adding that the U.S. has already ceded power to China by decreasing domestic manufacturing capacity and allowing China to take control of manufacturing supply chains for many economic sectors. Additionally, China has surreptitiously obtained access to scientific and technological advancements made by U.S. companies, academic institutions, and government agencies. General Spalding expressed his opinion that the recent CCP narrative regarding the coronavirus pandemic is propaganda designed to control the world’s perception of China.

Despite the existing damage, General Spalding expressed faith that the U.S. will be able to win this war with China by exposing the truth and using its resources to restore proper economic and social balance in the world.

The United Nations and its agencies have come under greater scrutiny as a result of the current global pandemic. China currently heads four of the fifteen UN Special Agencies, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Telecommunication Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the UN Industrial Development Organization. Despite its long history of intellectual property theft, Beijing hopes to head the UN World Intellectual Property Organization as well.

For decades, U.S. officials hoped that bringing Beijing into United Nations organizations would change China by exposing it to more responsible governance. Unfortunately, they apparently did not anticipate that China would instead end up changing those organizations to align with the CCP's agenda.

Analysts worry about China’s increasing involvement in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as it was recently given a seat on the UNHRC Consultative Group. The director of the Geneva based UN Watch said, “Allowing China’s oppressive and inhumane regime to choose the world investigators on freedom of speech, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief. It’s absurd and immoral for the UN to allow China’s oppressive government a key role in selecting officials who shape international human rights standards and report on violations worldwide.”

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reported that China Tribunal members have written to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urging him to investigate the appointment of Chinese official Jiang Duan to the UNHRC Consultative Group, expressing grave concerns the UNHRC has not addressed China's extreme human rights abuses, including organ harvesting. U.S. Representative Chris Smith, a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and ranking member of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, has also condemned Jiang Duan’s appointment.

DAFOH has previously reported how China has used its influence at the UNHRC to block activists’ involvement in human rights forums, to monitor their activities, and even to persecute their family members.

The DAFOH petition with more than 3 million signatures calling for an end to China’s forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience was presented twice to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva yet no actions were taken.

The UNHRC has yet to address evidence presented to it by the China Tribunal’s chief counsel Hamid Sabi in September 2019 regarding China’s organ transplant abuses.

The UNHRC has also never addressed China's more than 20-year-long persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual movement.

In addition, UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) and the High Commissioner for Refugees have applauded China’s Belt and Road initiative which others see as a Chinese Trojan Horse for economic control, political dominance, and military expansion.

As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Beijing has vetoed any suggestions for discussion on the novel Wuhan coronavirus and its rapid spread throughout the world.

Experts around the world, including those in China, are questioning why the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom waited to declare a global pandemic until two weeks after other nations had done so. Professor Bradley Thayer of the University of Texas, San Antonio and Lianchao Han, Vice President of Citizen Power Initiatives for China are confused as to why Tedros praised Beijing for its handling of the outbreak. The movement of people into and out of China was not curtailed despite the epidemic starting during the busy travel season associated with the Chinese New Year. Both Thayer and Han have accused Tedros of misreporting the number of cases in Wuhan and have asserted that the WHO is responsible for the rapid development of a global pandemic.

U.S. Senator Martha McSally has called for the resignation of the WHO Director due his reliance on inaccurate reports made by the Chinese regime about the outbreak. She notes that the parroting of deceptive information by the WHO demonstrates how much influence the CCP has over this international organization. Senator McSally blames Dr. Tedros for the deaths of those who have died from the virus worldwide.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz believes that the WHO has lost the credibility necessary for it to be effective and that its leadership position on the international stage should be re-assessed.

The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will be investigating the origins of the coronavirus outbreak and the WHO’s handling of the crisis, which has drawn growing criticism from U.S. lawmakers. Senator Rick Scott, the committee member who will lead the investigation, said, “We can’t trust communist China, we’ve learned we can’t trust the WHO because they lie to us.”

Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has called for the WHO to be renamed the “China Health Organization.”

As a result of China’s growing influence over the international community, lies told by the CCP and echoed by the WHO have resulted in incalculable global suffering with dramatic loss of life and economic devastation. The world’s people must now ensure that those who have lied be held responsible.

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United States Continues to Expose Religious Persecution in China

Unites States Commission on International Religious Freedom 2020 Report

Released on April 29th, the 2020 USCIRF report states that organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners is ongoing in China. On page 14 the report states, “Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners were arrested during 2019 for practicing the movement’s meditation exercises or distributing literature about their beliefs.” Citing a research paper from BMC Medical Ethics, the report states, “Human rights advocates and scientists presented evidence that the practice of harvesting organs from prisoners—many of whom are believed to be Falun Gong practitioners—continued on a significant scale.”

According to the report, China remains a “Country of Particular Concern” for human rights abuses for 21 years in a row.

The USCIRF Committee suggested the U.S. government “impose targeted sanctions on Chinese government agencies and officials responsible for severe violations of religious freedom … by freezing those individuals’ assets and/or barring their entry into the United States.”

U.S. Department of State’s 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom

The U.S. DOS 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom was introduced during a June 10, 2020 press conference given by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said, “In China, state-sponsored repression against all religions continues to intensify. The Chinese Communist Party is now ordering religious organizations to obey CCP leadership and infuse communist dogma into their teachings and practice of their faith. The mass detentions of Uighurs in Xinjiang continue. So does the repression of Tibetans and Buddhists and Falun Gong and Christians.”

The report, which the DOS is required to present to Congress annually, states, “During the year, two international academic studies examined the country’s transplant system. These studies revealed new information about reports of the government’s practice of forcibly extracting organs from prisoners, including religious adherents.” The report notes that it is becoming increasingly difficult for the Chinese regime to deny the existence of widespread organ harvesting.

In a recent article, Bitter Winter details how religious believers in China, including those of the five registered and government-controlled authorized religions, are routinely illegally detained without legal representation and suffer severe physical and psychological torture.

Presidential Executive Order Instructs the U.S. Government to Prioritize Religious Freedom

An executive order to advance international religious freedom issued by U.S. President Donald Trump on June 2, 2020 was the first ever executive order that instructs the entire U.S. Government to prioritize religious freedom. USCIRF Chair Tony Perkins said, “This Executive Order encourages swift action by the U.S. government to hold accountable foreign governments that commit severe violations and substantially increases U.S. economic assistance to support programs that advance religious freedom around the world.”

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Experts Speak Out About China’s Transplant Abuses

On May 15th, the Jamestown Foundation published a second report on China’s Organ Transplant System in which Matthew P. Robertson, a research fellow with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) and a PhD candidate in political science at the Australian National University, examines the Evidence for the Harvesting of Organs from [China’s] Prisoners of Conscience.” In a detailed March 2020 VOC report, Mr. Robertson presented the extensive evidence of how organs used for transplant surgeries are procured in China via extrajudicial executions.

Ethan Gutmann, investigative writer, China expert, and human rights advocate was a guest on LifeSiteNews Van Maren Show. Gutmann, who lived in China from 1998-2002, witnessed the communist regime’s censorship of internet information, the use of interne surveillance technology, and the very first years of the persecution of Falun Gong. This led him to uncover evidence that organ harvesting on prisoners of conscience is indeed happening in China. Gutmann pointed out that this human rights abuse has spawned a profitable transplant tourism industry and called on other countries to be wary of any dealings with China, a government capable of turning innocent citizens into valuable commodities by mining their bodies for retail organs.

A John Solomon Reports podcast aired recently that featured both Maura Moynihan, China activist and daughter of the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and China expert Ethan Gutmann. Despite the Trump administration having imposed increased sanctions on China, most U.S. media organizations have consistently trivialized the severity of China's human rights abuses. Moynihan descried the China apologists in our government while calling on the U.S. to ban visas for andseize the real assets of Chinese communist officials. She added that U.S. funds should be allotted to “rooting out those in the pocket of the CCP working in America.”  Guttman discussed how China has suddenly provided the global market with a huge number of valuable human hair wigs in chestnut brown and reddish hues, coincident with the incarceration of Uyghur women whose heads are shaved in Xinjiang work camps. Most disturbing is the expansion of the CCP’s living organ donor back and organ harvesting network beyond Falun Gong into the persecuted Uyghur population. Moynihan and Guttman believe American and global institutions have failed to confront China in any meaningful way over its genocidal treatment of religious believers and ethnic minorities.

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UN Appointment of Chinese Official to UNHRC Consultative Group Causes Uproar

The London-based China Tribunal, chaired by human rights lawyer Sir Geoffrey Nice, sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urging him to investigate the appointment of the Chinese diplomat Jiang Duan to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Consultative Group. Sir Nice wrote that Jiang’s appointment to the UNHRC raised "grave concerns" among the members of the China Tribunal that the world's "great institutions" are unwilling to confront China with its "extreme human rights abuses," including organ harvesting, and accused the UN of “sleepwalking into complicity."

In March, the Tribunal declared China a "criminal state," accusing it of directing and covering up forced organ harvesting for more than 20 years. After interviewing over 50 witnesses and analyzing 15 years’ worth of evidence, the Tribunal claimed the Chinese regime is running a $1billion-per-year transplant industry using organs obtained by unethical, amoral, and illegal means.

Although China acknowledged in 2005 that transplant organs were procured from executed prisoners, Beijing has claimed that practice ended in 2015. Meanwhile, critics have long maintained that the scope of China’s organ transplant market could not possibly be supported by executed prisoners alone, but instead, that the government meets and encourages market demand by harvesting vast numbers of organs from practitioners of Falun Gong as well as from political prisoners and minority groups such as the Uighur community in Xinjiang.

Newsweek contacted the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. requesting comment on the China Tribunal's allegations but received no reply.

Tony Perkins, Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), told The Epoch Times that the appointment of Jiang to the five-member UNHRC Consultative Group was akin to the “fox guarding the henhouse.” The appointment gives China power to influence the investigation of all human rights abuses around the world.

Perkins told American Thought Leaders that the USCIRF penned a strong written objection to the U.N.’s actions that is posted on their website.

Several U.S. Senators, including John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), also wrote to Guterres condemning the U.N. appointment, “The Chinese government’s decision to deceive the international community about the grave dangers of the initial 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Wuhan, China, violates any credibility on human rights and should disqualify them from a position on the Human Rights Council Consultative Group.”

Eighty-two organizations and associations from Central and Eastern Europe also wrote to Guterres.

A second petition, launched by Jubilee Campaign, promoted by the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, and signed by Bitter Winter raised the number to over 100 organizations protesting Jiang’s appointment.

A spokesperson for the UNHRC told The Epoch Times that members of the Consultative Group serve in a “personal capacity,” and that the group “does not have any influence over, nor can they facilitate discussions on what issues are addressed by the Human Rights Council.”

The U.N. Secretary General’s office did not respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.

In March, the China Tribunal determined “beyond a reasonable doubt” that hearts, lungs, kidneys, and livers have been harvested from living Falun Gong practitioners and most likely from other ethnic minorities as well.

Xiaoxu "Sean" Lin, spokesperson for the Washington-based Falun Dafa Association, told Fox News that the Chinese Communist Party controlled transplant industry “has continued to grow at a rapid pace over the past decade” and is a highly lucrative industry. He declared that the CCP will not stop “unless their crimes are fully exposed, sanctioned, and prosecuted by international communities.”

“In China, doctors could procure multiple organs for the same patient in quick succession, in case of rejection or have as spares. It is not uncommon in China for a patient to receive multiple transplants of the same organ. Furthermore, the vast array of transplantable organ types and their prices openly listed on hospital websites give the impression that any body part can be replaced as needed,” added Lin.

Neither the UN nor the WHO have investigated these allegations despite being urged to do so by many over the past decade. Instead, the WHO has praised China’s organ transplant system.

According to Chinese media, Nunez claimed, months after the China Tribunal’s final judgement was released, that China’s “organ transplant reform has achieved remarkable results in a short period. China's experience can serve as a model for the entire Asian region and the world."

Dr. Edward Kelley, Director of the Department of Service Provision and Security at the WHO headquarters in Switzerland, is quoted in China’s state-run press, describing China as one of the “global models in the field of organ transplantation.”

Many activists and experts have been troubled by the stance taken by both the WHO and UN regarding organ transplantation in China. Olivia Enos, senior policy analyst and Asian studies expert at The Heritage Foundation, said, “Any promises that the CCP will stop organ harvesting ring hollow. The CCP will stop at nothing to silence its critics.”

In late May, amid a mass outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the exposure of the WHO's longstanding ties to the Chinese leadership resulted in President Trump withdrawing funding from the organization.

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Lung Transplants for COVID-19 Raise Concerns Over China's Transplant Ethics

In June, the United States performed the first successful double lung transplant of a COVID-19 patient at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Only a few others in China and Europe have received lung transplants for the novel Wuhan coronavirus.

Lungs accounted for just 7% of the nearly 40,000 U.S. organ transplants last year and patients often wait for weeks on the transplant list, as donor lungs appropriate for transplant are typically scarce. The patient in Chicago was quickly moved up in line on the national lung transplant list due to multiple-organ-failure.

Transplant professionals from Falls Church, VA recently published an editorial in the Annals of Translational Medicine of a review of lung transplantation in China over the past 40 years.

The editorial praises the “rapid growth in the number of lung transplants, particularly over the last few years, at two major centers in Wuxi Hospital and China-Japan Friendship Hospital” and calls the China Lung Transplantation Registry “a welcome resource that was established in 2011.”

The authors then surmise that the disproportionate number of lung transplants for those with occupational lung diseases and lymphangioleiomyomatosis most likely highlights the unmet need in China for transplants for more common diseases such as Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Additionally, they point to the centralized, highly orchestrated and prioritized transportation of organs facilitated by the China Lung Transplantation Alliance and the availability of ex-vivo lung perfusion as other areas “where we can learn from the Chinese system.”

China places great emphasis on academic collaboration with and the training of medical staff at transplant centers outside of mainland China in order to expand the country’s current lung transplant centers and develop new ones. “It is apparent that China is emerging as a leader in lung transplantation in Asia. It is gratifying that the lung transplant community in mainland China is reaching out to other Asian countries for collaboration as a part of Asian Society of Transplantation,” the authors conclude, hoping that “comparing the China experience with the rest of the world might enable important lessons for the global lung transplant community.”

Meanwhile, researchers around the world question how two groundbreaking full-lung transplants could be performed during a strict lockdown in China with no transparency regarding donor lung sourcing, leading to suspicions that compatible lungs, obtained within just five days, were obtained by forced extraction. It has been alleged that nearly all organ donors in China are involuntary victims who have their organs extracted while still alive are commoditized to benefit Chinese transplant hospitals and the government.

China’s organ donation records and official organ transplant datasets are alleged to be continuously manipulated and systematically falsified. For the past 20 years, China has perfected an "on-demand" transplant market with waiting times for matching organs measured in days or weeks.

In 2006, a senior military doctor of the General Logistics Department of the Shenyang Military Command told The Epoch Times that “China is the center of international live organ trading, and has accounted for more than 85 percent of the total number of live organ transplants in the world since 2000."

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News in Review

China Tribunal findings mean Australia must act

Reporting on the findings of the independent China Tribunal in March, the author interviewed DAFOH Delegate for Australia, Sophia Bryskine, who explained the significance of the Tribunal’s findings that forced organ harvesting has been taking place in China on a significant scale for a long period of time. Bryskine noted that the Australian Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s Inquiry into Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism is proposing “to establish a reporting system relating to citizens suspected of traveling overseas for unethical operations, as well as adding to the Criminal Code the new offence of dealing in the trafficking of organs overseas.”


Woman recounts being evaluated for organ harvesting while detained in China

Jennifer Zeng, a Falun Gong practitioner now living in the U.S., recounts her story of detention and torture in China as a prisoner of conscience. On multiple occasions during her incarceration, she was taken to medical facilities where she and other Falun Gong practitioners underwent various forms of medical exams including x-rays, blood samples, and eye exams. She believes she was being evaluated as a candidate for forced organ harvesting, and that her life was saved when she mentioned to a doctor that she had been cured of hepatitis C by practicing Falun Gong.


Chinese hospital obtains three hearts within ten days for transplant patient

A Japanese news program reported about a Chinese woman living in Japan who traveled to China in June 2020 for a heart transplant. Within 10 days of her arrival, the hospital was able to produce three matching hearts. The first heart was not suitable for transplant and the second heart arrived when the patient had a fever and could not undergo the operation. Nothing is known about the people whose hearts were removed. It defies logic that three people that were a transplant match to the patient would die within a 10-day period or, given China’s very low public donation rate, that these three people would all be organ donors. Despite these congruencies, the Chinese embassy in Japan touted this operation as a renewal of the two countries’ friendship.


Didi Kirsten Tatlow exposes China’s United Front on Asia Dialogue podcast series

Didi Kirsten Tatlow, a Senior Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin, talked with University of Nottingham’s Asia Dialogue Podcast about the history and development of the United Front Work Department in China. Tatlow noted that the United Front, which has a history going back to Moscow in 1921, has been used as a propaganda tool by the Chinese Communist Party to encourage those who can be “won over” and silence those who cannot.


Swoop films highlights early images of illicit organ harvesting in China

Swoop Films examined a series of photographs from the late 20th century on organ harvesting with Enver Tohti, a former Chinese surgeon who has spoken extensively on his experience harvesting organs from a living prisoner. Tohti identified the photographs as having been taken in Heilongjiang Province where he said organ harvesting of prisoners first began. The images revealed an execution ground and a public display of naked bodies, which were then cut open and their organs taken out.


Hong Kong journalist threated by police with forced organ harvesting

An Epoch Times reporter in Hong Kong was threatened by a police officer who told her she would be sent to mainland China to have her organs forcibly removed. The reporter had been arrested while spreading promotional materials during a recent protest. The officer told her, “You don’t sign your names, nor do you wear the [police-issued] clothes. How about we send you to mainland China and have your organs harvested alive?”


French journalist uncovers evidence of Uyghurs being harvested for organs

English language news platform 112.International published the findings of a French journalist working in mainland China who has confirmed reports of forced organ harvesting of Uyghurs. Authorities, he claimed, call the organs “halal” in an attempt to woo overseas Muslims into purchasing these organs. The article noted that Uyghur activists accuse the Gulf states of avoiding criticism of Beijing’s policies in order to continue being able to obtain such organs.


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Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) aims to provide the medical community and society with objective findings of unethical and illegal organ harvesting. Organ harvesting, the removal of organs from a donor, without free and voluntary consent, is considered a crime against humanity, as well as a threat to the integrity of medical science in general. This edition of our newsletter offers up-to-date information on international efforts to stop unethical organ harvesting.

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Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH)

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